"Brain research tells us that only twenty percent
of human beings have a sense of irony, which means
that eighty percent of the world takes everything at face value."
- Doug Coupland
Too many Internet conspiracy theorists accept at
face value the conclusion that soy is dangerous to
consume because it contains phytoestrogens. Fact is,
the average American woman consumes triple the amount of phytoestrogens each day from broccoli as she does from soy. If you believe that soy is hazardous to your health, then you must believe that broccoli is hazardous for the same reason. Or, do you have two-faced values?
The August, 2013 issue of the journal Anti-cancer Agents in Medical Chemistry contained a study which explored the soy controversy regarding cancer. Scientists at the Florida State University Department of Nutrition (Douglas & Johnson) explored: "Soy and Its Isoflavones: The Truth Behind the Science in Breast Cancer."
The scientists/researchers concluded:
...it appears that soy isoflavones do not function as an estrogen, but rather exhibit anti-estrogenic properties. However, their metabolism differs between humans and animals and therefore the outcomes of rodent studies may not be applicable to humans. The majority of breast cancer cases are hormone-receptor-positive; therefore, soy isoflavones should be considered a potential anti-cancer therapeutic agent and warrant further investigation.
People such as Dr. Mercola, who sell phony supplements on the Internet, and promote the consumption of raw milk, raw meat, and raw eggs while criticizing soy by citing absurd rat studies, are just jerking you around with fear tactics for their own financial benefit.
"We don't devote enough scientific
research to finding a cure for jerks."
- Bill Watterson
When it comes to scientific advice, it might be prudent
to reject your doctor's opinion, and instead, trust your
friends or colleagues or parents, or even comic illustrator Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes:
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